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Sustainable business park for Powys

A sustainable business area is to be built in Powys, with the aim of minimising impact on the environment.

The Great Oak Business Park in Llanidloes is to be developed on the site of the town’s former aluminium die-casting factory and will be built in a sustainable manner primarily for companies who operate recycling and environmentally-friendly processes.

Backed by the Welsh Development Agency (WDA) and Welsh Assembly Government, the 3,000 square metre area will provide a range of commercial and industrial units built with environmentally friendly attributes, including the possibility of wind power generation that will allow tenants to recoup energy costs from the national grid.

Minister for economic development and transport Andrew Davies said: “This development will pave the way for new and exciting opportunities in Llanidloes. We are proposing a sustainable business park that will be capable of providing modern accommodation for local expanding businesses, as well as supporting new investment in the town.”

The brown field site has been cleared of waste to make way for the development, while a new road link is underway. The area also aims to provide at least 10% of its energy needs through renewable sources.

WDA executive director for mid Wales doctor Geraint Davies said: “We believe that the new business park, combined with its sustainable attributes and with attractive buildings, a superb location, yet within walking and cycling distance of the town centre, will make a desirable place for new and expanding businesses.”

The move will initially provide up to 100 jobs and is part of the wider Llanidloes regeneration, with the plans set for public display in the town from late January.

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